Photo Friday: Indonesian Moped Madness

It’s said that pictures speak a thousand words and as such twice per month (on a Friday)  ExpatOnTheGo will feature photos from an amateur photographer. Today’s Photo Friday post will highlight the work of Pam Maloughney Jetten who is a Canadian expatriate here in Jakarta who calls me ‘love bug’. When I asked her to send me a couple of lines about herself this is what she had to say, “I was born addicted to Chocolate Milk and I have itchy  feet. Both have taken me around the world and gotten me into a mess of adventures!!!”

One of the things you learn early on arrival here in Jakarta is that mopeds are a major part of the transportation system. Approximately 60% of all motor vehicles are mopeds. The city is highly congested and taking 30 minutes to drive 5 miles is not unheard of in this traffic haven. It is also not unforeseeable that when it rains and the traffic is truly jammed, you can step out of your car, grab a pedicure and be sure that your driver may have only moved a few feet while you were away. In addition to being an easy way for locals and a few brave expatriates to get around, motorbikes serve as the beasts of burden in this city. I am still amazed to see a husband, wife and 2 or 3 kids riding on one moped….no, the mopeds here are not any bigger in size than the ones you know. Not only can the person riding on the back of the bike be seen chatting away on their phone while the bike is travelling along, but mothers can be seen breastfeeding or tending to other needs of their children. Another post in the future will show you the proper Jakartian way to ride on a motorbike but today Pam will share some of her favourite shots of mopeds riding in the city.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALWAYS WANTED A SAFE & ECONOMICAL WAY TO CARRY THEIR GOATS

JUST IN CASE YOU THOUGHT THIS MODE OF TRANSPORTATION WAS ONLY FOR GOATS

DOES ANYONE HAVE A COUPLE TREES THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEND ANYWHERE?

WHY HIRE A MOVING VAN WHEN YOU HAVE A MOPED?

STUNT RIDING ON THE WET HIGHWAY ANYONE?

Pam can be reached at chocolatepammi@hotmail.com

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the New Year and beyond. May 2011 bring you health, wealth and happiness.

Until next time……..One Love!!!

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4 thoughts on “Photo Friday: Indonesian Moped Madness

  1. Love love it , very well written and a great sense of humour is evident. Go NellyMartina go . I trust that 2011 will be a great one

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